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Author: Echelle Rutschman

St. Jude is easing pediatric sickle cell disease patients’ transition to adult care

St. Jude has a long history of research in sickle cell disease. In fact, the first research grant ever received by the hospital was for the study of sickle cell disease. In 1983, a St. Jude patient with leukemia who also had sickle cell disease was the world’s first to be cured of the disease through a stem cell/bone marrow transplant. Patients with sickle cell disease have a genetic mutation that causes abnormally shaped blood cells. They’re not round but are shaped like bananas. They’re sticky and inflexible. When these cells stick to each other, oxygenated blood doesn’t flow...

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